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Correctional Facilities Administration (CFA)

The Correctional Facilities Administration (CFA) is responsible for the operations of all Michigan prisons, including the Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI) programs located at the Cooper Street and Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facilities.

The CFA administrative office is in Lansing, with a Deputy Director overseeing the network of secure facilities.  The Lansing office also includes an Assistant Deputy Director for CFA Operations, which oversees functions including Classification, Transportation, and Emergency Management. The other two Assistant Deputy Directors within CFA are assigned regionally (Jackson and Kinross) and each oversee a designated group of wardens, who are responsible for the daily operations of the prisons. 

The MDOC houses a prisoner population totaling roughly 33,000 incarcerated individuals in 26 prisons throughout the state. The Department has four general population security levels that prisoners can be classified into: Level I, Level II, Level IV, and Level V.

Prisoner security classifications are based on the confinement and management needs of each prisoner, rather than their conviction.
During an individual’s time in prison, their classification and location, may change one or more times based on their conduct, as well as healthcare and programming needs.